Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar - Single Episodes


(4.8 stars; 24 reviews)

YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR

For over twelve years, from 1949 through 1962 (including a one year hiatus in 1954-1955), this series recounted the cases "the man with the action-packed expense account, America’s fabulous freelance insurance investigator, Johnny Dollar". Johnny was an accomplished 'padder' of his expense account. The name of the show derives from the fact that he closed each show by totaling his expense account, and signing it "End of report... Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar". Terry Salomonson in his authoritative "A Radio Broadcast Log of the Drama Program Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar", notes that the original working title was "Yours Truly, Lloyd London". Salomonson writes "Lloyd London was scratched out of the body of (the Dick Powell) audition script and Johnny Dollar was written in. Thus the show was re-titled on this script and the main character was renamed. Why this was done was unclear – possibly to prevent a legal run-in with Lloyd’s of London Insurance Company." Although based in Hartford, Connecticut, the insurance capital of the world, freelancer Johnny Dollar managed to get around quite a bit – his adventures taking him all over the world. There were some unusual devices used in the show that help set it apart from other shows. There was no partner, assistant, or secretary for Johnny. The character closest to a continuing role was that of Pat McCracken of the Universal Adjustment Bureau, who assigned Johnny many of his cases. Another atypical aspect gave the show additional credibility – frequently, characters on the show would mention that they had heard about Johnny’s cases on the radio. Johnny often used his time when filling out his expense accounts to give the audience background information or to express his thoughts about the current case. No fewer than eight actors played Johnny Dollar. Dick Powell, of Rogue’s Gallery fame, cut the original audition tape, but chose to do Richard Diamond, Private Detective instead. Gerald Mohr, of The Adventures of Philip Marlowe fame, auditioned in 1955, prior to Bob Bailey getting the title role. Through the first three actors to play Johnny Dollar (Charles Russell, Edmond O'Brien, and John Lund), there was little to distinguish the series from many other radio detective series. Dollar was just another hard-boiled detective in a medium that was overloaded with the stereotype. Charles Russell, the first to play the role, would throw silver dollars to bellboys and waiters. Luckily, this trite gimmick did not survive long. On October 3, 1955, after a hiatus of over a year, the show came back with a vengeance. A new production team, including director/writer Jack Johnstone, a new star, Bob Bailey, from the radio series Let George Do It, and a new format would set the series apart from its competitors. Johnny's cases were now a continuing serial, five days a week, for fifteen minutes each evening. With 75 minutes of airtime, minus commercials and openings and closings, there was sufficient time to develop good storylines and interesting characters. During this time, Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar attracted some of the best writers in Hollywood, including Jack Johnstone, E. Jack Neuman (using the pen name John Dawson), Robert Ryf, and Les Crutchfield. Bob Bailey also wrote a script while he was playing Johnny Dollar. He used the pen name Robert Bainter (Bainter was his middle name) as the scriptwriter for "The Carmen Kringle Matter", which was aired on Saturday, December 21, 1957 on the West Coast, and on the following day for the rest of the country. Bob Bailey, generally thought of as the most popular of the Johnny Dollars, brought a new interpretation to the character – tough, but not hard-boiled; streetwise, but not overly cynical, Bailey's Dollar was smart and gritty when he had to be. But Bailey's Johnny Dollar was also human. His character would get emotionally involved in a number of his cases. He had a streak of impatience, and would occasionally not fully listen to a witness and rush off on a tangent before realizing his mistake. The weekday serialized episodes are generally acknowledged as some of the finest radio detective shows ever produced. There were fifty six multi-part shows in all: fifty four five-part shows, one six-part show, and one nine-part show. The serialized episodes continued until November 2, 1956 when the series again reverted to a once a week, thirty minute format. Bob Bailey continued in the lead, until "The Empty Threat Matter" of November 27, 1960, when the Hollywood run ended. The guest stars and supporting casts were always first rate, attracting the best radio actors in both Los Angeles and New York. Pat McCracken was played by several actors – most frequently, by Larry Dobkin. Particularly noteworthy was the work of Virginia Gregg, who played many roles, including Johnny's girlfriend Betty Lewis. Harry Bartell was also a frequent guest, who did many of the Spanish dialect roles when Johnny went to a Latin American country. Other frequent guest performers were Parley Baer, Tony Barrett, John Dehner, Don Diamond, Sam Edwards, Herb Ellis, Frank Gerstle, Stacy Harris, Jack Kruschen, Forrest Lewis, Howard McNear, Marvin Miller, Jeanette Nolan, Vic Perrin, Barney Phillips, Jean Tatum, Russell Thomson, Ben Wright, and Will Wright. Vincent Price co-starred as himself in "The Price of Fame Matter" and went to Europe with Johnny on the case. In December 1960, the show moved to New York. Robert Readick started the New York run as Dollar, but only lasted a short while. Jack Johnstone continued to write for the show and submitted scripts from California. Johnstone wrote about 350 Johnny Dollar scripts under his own name and his pen names Sam Dawson and Jonathan Bundy. Johnstone wrote the last episodes of both Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar and Suspense. He used the Bundy pen name when writing the last Suspense episode, "Devilstone". And so, an era passed. Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar was the last continuing detective series of the Golden Age of Radio. Mandel Kramer was the last Johnny Dollar, and a close second in popularity to Bailey, when the final episode, "The Tip-Off Matter", was aired on September 30, 1962. Material for this description was prepared by Stewart Wright. From the Old Time Radio Researcher's Group. See "Note" Section below for more information on the OTRR.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.

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Chapters

Milford Brooks III 28:55
The Parakoff Policy 28:58
The Parakoff Policy 27:31
The Slow Boat from China 28:20
Robert Perry Case 30:14
Murder Is a Merry-Go-Round 29:12
Milford Brooks III Matter 28:16
Stolen Portrait 28:46
The Case of the Hundred Thousand Dollar Legs 29:13
The Case of Barton Drake 29:15
Who Took the Taxis For A Ride 29:15
Murder Ain't Minor 29:27
Out of the Fire into the Frying Pan 29:42
The Expiring Nickels and the Egyptian Jackpot 29:49
The Search for Michelle Marsh 29:18
The Fishing Boat Affair 29:57
The Racehorse Piledriver Matter 29:13
Dr Otto Schmedlich 30:11
Witness, Witness, Who's Got the Witness 30:17
The Little Man Who Wasn't There 30:23
The Island Of Tin Yutan 30:27
Melanie Clark And The Un-Nice Niece 29:44
Skulduggerying in the Skull Canyon Mine 29:52
Bodyguard to Anne Connelly 29:47
The Circus Animal Show 29:53
Port au-Prince Haiti 29:48
How I Played Santa Claus and Almost Got Left Holding the Bag 30:40
Death Takes a Working Day 30:08
The SS Malay Trader Ship 29:54
The Grave Diggers Spades 30:08
The Archeologist 30:31
Bodyguard to the Late Robert W Perry 30:35
How I Got a Wildcat Oil Operation by the Tail, or the Youthful Millionaire 29:31
The Eighty Five Little Minks 28:41
The Man Who Wrote Himself to Death (Reh) 27:11
The Village Scene Matter 29:12
The Story of the Big Red Schoolhouse 30:01
The Dead First-Helpers 30:59
The Story of the Ten Oh Eight (Reh) 27:31
The Pearl Carrasa Matter 29:02
The Abel Tackett Matter (Reh) 27:56
The Harold Trandem Matter 28:45
The Sidney Rykoff Matter (Reh) 28:36
The Earl Chadwick Matter 29:39
The Port-Au-Prince Matter 29:42
The Collegio Diamond Matter 30:37
The Arrowcraft Matter 30:56
The London Matter 29:20
The Barbara James Matter 29:54
The Bello-Horizonte Railroad 29:41
The Calgary Matter 29:28
The Henry J Unger Matter 29:44
Blood River Matter 28:47
The Hartford Alliance Matter 28:19
The Mickey McQueen Matter 28:13
The Trans-Pacific Export Matter, South China Branch 29:37
The Trans-Pacific Export Matter, South China Branch 25:50
The Virginia Beach Matter 29:38
The Howard Caldwell Matter 28:54
The Richard Splain Matter 29:04
The Yankee Pride Matter 29:17
The Jack Madigan Matter 29:09
The Joan Sebastian Matter 29:32
The Queen Anne Pistols Matter 30:05
The Adam Kegg Matter 28:44
The Nora Faulkner Matter 30:17
The Woodward Manila Matter 30:17
The Jackie Cleaver Matter 30:31
The Leland Blackburn Matter 28:13
The Leland Blackburn Matter 27:28
The Port O'Call Matter 30:16
The David Rocky Matter 30:15
The Jarvis Wilder Matter 28:43
The Celia Woodstock Matter 28:35
The Stanley Springs Matter 28:45
The Byron Hayes Matter 30:01
The Edward French Matter 25:22
The Mickey McQueen Matter 25:22
The Willard South Matter 25:22
The Virginia Towne Matter (Reh) 22:00
The Month-End Raid Matter 25:20
The Virginia Towne Matter 25:18
The Lillis Bond Matter (Reh) 29:49
The Soderbury, Maine Matter (Reh) 23:32
The George Farmer Matter 25:13
The Arthur Boldrick Matter 25:02
The Malcolm Wish, Maryland Matter 30:16
The Hatchet House Theft Matter 30:24
The Alonzo Chapman Matter 28:34
The Fairway Matter 30:10
The Horace Lockhart Matter 29:15
The Lucky Costa Matter 29:51
The Cumberland Theft Matter 29:14
The Cuban Jewel Matter 30:32
The Protection Matter 28:47
The Douglas Taylor Matter 28:55
The Millard Ward Matter 27:40
The Tolhurst Theft Matter 27:53
The Hannibal Murphy Matter 29:24
The Birdy Baskerville Matter 26:51
The Merrill Kent Matter 30:18
The Youngstown Credit Group Matter 30:26
The Maynard Collins Matter 25:34
The Alma Scott Matter 28:43
The Glen English Matter 27:30
The Amelia Harwell Matter 27:35
The Trans-Pacific Matter (First Half) (Audition) 16:11
The Singapore Arson Matter 15:04
The James Clayton Matter 29:32
The Elliott Champion Matter 29:29
The Walter Patterson Matter 27:29
The Baltimore Matter 27:30
The Thelma Ibsen Matter 28:51
The Starlet Matter 28:52
The Marigold Matter 29:15
Kay Bellamy Matter 29:11
The Chicago Fraud Matter 30:04
The Latourette Matter 28:39
The Underwood Matter 29:13
The Jeanne Maxwell Matter 29:40
The King's Necklace Matter (AFRS) 27:54
The King's Necklace Matter (AFRS) 30:04
The Syndicate Matter 27:55
The Lester James Matter (no ending) 24:52
The Enoch Arden Matter 30:21
The Madison Matter 31:00
The Dameron Matter 28:33
The San Antonio Matter (Reh) 33:51
The Blackmail Matter 30:00
The Rochester Theft Matter (ARFS) 29:41
The Brisbane Fraud Matter (AFRS) 27:15
The Costain Matter (AFRS) 27:31
The Oklahoma Red Matter(AFRS) 26:47
The Emil Carter Matter 29:30
The Jonathan Bellows Matter (AFRS) 28:50
The Jones Matter 29:31
The Shayne Bombing Matter 28:22
The Black Doll Matter (AFRS) 28:50
The James Forbes Matter 29:52
The Voodoo Matter 30:02
The Nancy Shaw Matter 30:02
The Isabelle James Matter (AFRS) 28:54
The Nelson Matter(AFRS) 29:38
The Stanley Price Matter(AFRS) 28:44
The Lester Matson Matter (AFRS) 30:37
The Anita Buddha Matter 30:09
The Alfred Chambers Matter (AFRS) 24:00
The Philip Morey Matter 30:21
The Allen Saxton Matter 30:03
The Howard Arnold Matter 29:32
The Gino Gambona Matter (AFRS) 27:58
The Bobby Foster Matter (AFRS) 27:59
The Nathan Gayles Matter (AFRS) 27:54
The Independent Diamond Traders Matter 30:31
The Monopoly Matter 29:51
The Barton Baker Matter (AFRS) 28:06
The Milk and Honey Matter (AFRS) 28:29
The Ben Bryson Matter (AFRS) 25:35
The Fairway Matter (AFRS) 28:34
The Celia Woodstock Matter (AFRS) 27:55
The Beauregard Matter (AFRS) 28:32
The Paul Gorrell Matter (AFRS) 28:42
The Harpooned Angler Matter (AFRS) 28:52
The Uncut Canary Matter (AFRS) 29:56
The Classified Killer Matter (AFRS) 27:40
The Road-Test Matter (AFRS) 28:32
The Terrified Tuan Matter 30:25
The Berlin Matter (AFRS) 27:24
The Piney Corners Matter (AFRS) 27:55
The Sulphur and Brimstone Matter 24:43
The Magnolia and Honeysuckle Matter (AFRS) 28:04
The Nathan Swing Matter (AFRS) 28:34
The Frustrated Phoenix Matter (AFRS) 27:13
The Dan Frank Matter (AFRS) 28:11
The Bilked Baroness Matter 24:20
The Punctilious Firebug Matter 30:10
The Tempermental Tote Board Matter 28:17
The Sarah Dearing Matter (AFRS) 28:46
The Patterson Transport Matter (AFRS) 29:17
The Woodward Manila Matter (AFRS) 28:21
The Flowering Judas Matter (AFRS) 27:49
The Carboniferous Dolomite Matter (AFRS) 30:47
The Jeanne Maxwell Matter (AFRS) 30:04
The Radioactive Gold Matter 24:41
The Hampton Line Matter (AFRS) 31:03
The Trans-Pacific Aud Import-Export Matter 28:08
The McCormack Matter - Episode 1 14:46
The McCormack Matter - Episode 2 14:45
The McCormack Matter - Episode 3 14:45
The McCormack Matter - Episode 4 14:45
The McCormack Matter - Episode 5 14:45
The Molly K Matter - Episode 1 14:44
The Molly K Matter - Episode 2 14:45
The Molly K Matter - Episode 3 14:44
The Molly K Matter - Episode 4 14:45
The Molly K Matter - Episode 5 14:45
The Chesapeake Fraud Matter - Episode 1 14:46
The Chesapeake Fraud Matter - Episode 2 14:46
The Chesapeake Fraud Matter - Episode 3 14:46
The Chesapeake Fraud Matter - Episode 4 14:46
The Chesapeake Fraud Matter - Episode 5 14:46
The Alvin Summers Matter - Episode 1 14:46
The Alvin Summers Matter - Episode 2 14:46
The Alvin Summers Matter - Episode 3 14:46
The Alvin Summers Matter - Episode 4 14:46
The Alvin Summers Matter - Episode 5 14:46
The Valentine Matter - Episode 1 14:45
The Valentine Matter - Episode 2 14:45
The Valentine Matter - Episode 3 14:45
The Valentine Matter - Episode 4 14:45
The Valentine Matter - Episode 5 14:45
The Lorcoe Diamond's Matter - Episode 1 14:44
The Lorcoe Diamond's Matter - Episode 2 14:43
The Lorcoe Diamond's Matter - Episode 3 14:43
The Lorcoe Diamond's Matter - Episode 4 14:43
The Lorcoe Diamond's Matter - Episode 5 14:43
The Broderick Matter - Episode 1 14:42
The Broderick Matter - Episode 2 14:46
The Broderick Matter - Episode 3 14:44
The Broderick Matter - Episode 4 14:44
The Broderick Matter - Episode 5 14:43
The Amy Bradshaw Matter - Episode 1 14:46
The Amy Bradshaw Matter - Episode 2 14:47
The Amy Bradshaw Matter - Episode 3 14:46
The Amy Bradshaw Matter - Episode 4 14:47
The Amy Bradshaw Matter - Episode 5 14:47
The Henderson Matter - Episode 1 15:11
The Henderson Matter - Episode 2 15:13
The Henderson Matter - Episode 3 15:14
The Henderson Matter - Episode 4 15:18
The Henderson Matter - Episode 5 15:15
The Cronin Matter - Episode 1 14:45
The Cronin Matter - Episode 2 14:46
The Cronin Matter - Episode 3 14:46
The Cronin Matter - Episode 4 14:46
The Cronin Matter - Episode 5 14:46
The Lansing Fraud Matter - Episode 1 14:41
The Lansing Fraud Matter - Episode 2 14:44
The Lansing Fraud Matter - Episode 3 14:34
The Lansing Fraud Matter - Episode 4 14:30
The Lansing Fraud Matter - Episode 5 14:33
The Nick Shurn Matter - Episode 1 14:31
The Nick Shurn Matter - Episode 2 14:30
The Nick Shurn Matter - Episode 3 14:43
The Nick Shurn Matter - Episode 4 14:38
The Nick Shurn Matter - Episode 5 14:48
The Forbes Matter - Episode 1 14:40
The Forbes Matter - Episode 2 14:43
The Forbes Matter - Episode 3 13:49
The Forbes Matter - Episode 4 14:38
The Forbes Matter - Episode 5 14:31
The Caylin Matter - Episode 1 14:26
The Caylin Matter - Episode 2 14:23
The Caylin Matter - Episode 3 14:40
The Caylin Matter - Episode 4 14:37
The Caylin Matter - Episode 5 14:41
The Todd Matter - Episode 1 14:51
The Todd Matter - Episode 2 14:53
The Todd Matter - Episode 3 14:41
The Todd Matter - Episode 4 14:35
The Todd Matter - Episode 5 14:44
The Ricardo Amerigo Matter - Episode 1 14:30
The Ricardo Amerigo Matter - Episode 2 14:27
The Ricardo Amerigo Matter - Episode 3 14:40
The Ricardo Amerigo Matter - Episode 4 14:35
The Ricardo Amerigo Matter - Episode 5 14:35
The Duke Red Matter - Episode 1 14:46
The Duke Red Matter - Episode 2 14:46
The Duke Red Matter - Episode 3 14:46
The Duke Red Matter - Episode 4 14:46
The Duke Red Matter - Episode 5 14:46
The Flight Six Matter - Episode 1 14:30
The Flight Six Matter - Episode 2 14:37
The Flight Six Matter - Episode 3 14:34
The Flight Six Matter - Episode 4 14:37
The Flight Six Matter - Episode 5 14:29
The McClain Matter - Episode 1 14:46
The McClain Matter - Episode 2 14:46
The McClain Matter - Episode 4 14:03
The McClain Matter - Episode 5 14:46
The Cui Bono Matter - Episode 1 14:46
The Cui Bono Matter - Episode 2 14:46
The Cui Bono Matter - Episode 3 14:46
The Cui Bono Matter - Episode 4 14:46
The Cui Bono Matter - Episode 5 14:46
The Bennett Matter - Episode 1 14:46
The Bennett Matter - Episode 2 14:46
The Bennett Matter - Episode 3 14:46
The Bennett Matter - Episode 4 14:46
The Bennett Matter - Episode 5 14:46
Fathom Five Matter - Episode 1 14:46
Fathom Five Matter - Episode 2 14:46
Fathom Five Matter - Episode 3 14:46
Fathom Five Matter - Episode 4 14:46
Fathom Five Matter - Episode 5 14:46
The Plantagent Matter - Episode 1 14:47
The Plantagent Matter - Episode 2 14:47
The Plantagent Matter - Episode 3 14:48
The Plantagent Matter - Episode 4 14:47
The Plantagent Matter - Episode 5 14:45
The Clinton Matter - Episode 1 14:33
The Clinton Matter - Episode 2 14:29
The Clinton Matter - Episode 3 14:36
The Clinton Matter - Episode 4 14:37
The Clinton Matter - Episode 5 14:36
The Jolly Roger Fraud - Episode 1 14:33
The Jolly Roger Fraud - Episode 2 14:32
The Jolly Roger Fraud - Episode 3 14:40
The Jolly Roger Fraud - Episode 4 14:36
The Jolly Roger Fraud - Episode 5 14:34
The Lamar Matter - Episode 1 14:46
The Lamar Matter - Episode 2 14:46
The Lamar Matter - Episode 3 14:46
The Lamar Matter - Episode 4 14:46
The Lamar Matter - Episode 5 14:46
The Salt City Matter - Episode 1 14:25
The Salt City Matter - Episode 3 14:02
The Salt City Matter - Episode 4 14:32
The Salt City Matter - Episode 5 14:24
Laird Douglas-Douglas of Heatherscote Matter - Episode 1 14:00
Laird Douglas-Douglas of Heatherscote Matter - Episode 2 14:00
Laird Douglas-Douglas of Heatherscote Matter - Episode 3 14:35
Laird Douglas-Douglas of Heatherscote Matter - Episode 4 13:59
Laird Douglas-Douglas of Heatherscote Matter - Episode 5 14:04
The Shepherd Matter - Episode 1 14:58
The Shepherd Matter - Episode 2 14:56
The Shepherd Matter - Episode 3 14:26
The Shepherd Matter - Episode 4 14:18
The Shepherd Matter - Episode 5 14:46
The Lonely Hearts Matter - Episode 1 13:37
The Lonely Hearts Matter - Episode 2 13:33
The Lonely Hearts Matter - Episode 3 14:37
The Lonely Hearts Matter - Episode 5 14:11
The Callicles Matter - Episode 1 14:31
The Callicles Matter - Episode 2 14:33
The Callicles Matter - Episode 3 14:27
The Callicles Matter - Episode 4 14:25
The Callicles Matter - Episode 5 14:23
The Silver Blue Matter - Episode 1 15:00
The Silver Blue Matter - Episode 2 15:05
The Silver Blue Matter - Episode 3 15:01
The Silver Blue Matter - Episode 4 15:01
The Silver Blue Matter - Episode 5 14:59
The Matter of the Medium-Well Done - Episode 1 14:19
The Matter of the Medium-Well Done - Episode 2 14:25
The Matter of the Medium-Well Done - Episode 3 14:17
The Matter of the Medium-Well Done - Episode 4 14:28
The Matter of the Medium-Well Done - Episode 5 14:26
The Tears of the Night Matter - Episode 1 14:51
The Tears of the Night Matter - Episode 2 14:50
The Tears of the Night Matter - Episode 3 14:57
The Tears of the Night Matter - Episode 4 14:53
The Tears of the Night Matter - Episode 5 14:47
The Matter of Reasonable Doubt - Episode 1 14:46
The Matter of Reasonable Doubt - Episode 2 14:46
The Matter of Reasonable Doubt - Episode 3 14:46
The Matter of Reasonable Doubt - Episode 4 14:46
The Matter of Reasonable Doubt - Episode 5 14:46
The Industructible Mike Matter - Episode 1 14:46
The Industructible Mike Matter - Episode 2 14:46
The Industructible Mike Matter - Episode 3 14:46
The Industructible Mike Matter - Episode 4 14:46
The Industructible Mike Matter - Episode 5 14:46
The Laughing Matter - Episode 1 14:54
The Laughing Matter - Episode 2 14:53
The Laughing Matter - Episode 3 14:52
The Laughing Matter - Episode 4 14:52
The Laughing Matter - Episode 5 14:49
The Pearling Matter - Episode 1 14:55
The Pearling Matter - Episode 2 14:46
The Pearling Matter - Episode 3 14:46
The Pearling Matter - Episode 4 14:46
The Pearling Matter - Episode 5 14:46
The Long Shot Matter - Episode 1 14:46
The Long Shot Matter - Episode 2 14:46
The Long Shot Matter - Episode 3 14:46
The Long Shot Matter - Episode 4 14:46
The Long Shot Matter - Episode 5 14:46
The Midas Touch Matter - Episode 1 14:46
The Midas Touch Matter - Episode 2 14:47
The Midas Touch Matter - Episode 3 14:46
The Midas Touch Matter - Episode 4 14:46
The Midas Touch Matter - Episode 5 14:46
The Shady Lane Matter - Episode 1 14:46
The Shady Lane Matter - Episode 2 14:46
The Shady Lane Matter - Episode 3 14:46
The Shady Lane Matter - Episode 4 14:46
The Shady Lane Matter - Episode 5 14:46
The Star of Capetown Matter - Episode 1 14:58
The Star of Capetown Matter - Episode 2 14:58
The Star of Capetown Matter - Episode 3 14:59
The Star of Capetown Matter - Episode 4 14:53
The Star of Capetown Matter - Episode 5 15:00
The Open Town Matter - Episode 1 14:39
The Open Town Matter - Episode 2 14:41
The Open Town Matter - Episode 3 14:46
The Open Town Matter - Episode 4 14:46
The Open Town Matter - Episode 5 14:58
The Sea Legs Matter - Episode 1 14:39
The Sea Legs Matter - Episode 2 14:44
The Sea Legs Matter - Episode 3 14:39
The Sea Legs Matter - Episode 4 14:47
The Sea Legs Matter - Episode 5 14:48
The Alder Matter - Episode 1 14:46
The Alder Matter - Episode 2 14:46
The Alder Matter - Episode 3 14:46
The Alder Matter - Episode 4 14:46
The Alder Matter - Episode 5 14:46
The Crystal Lake Matter - Episode 1 14:46
The Crystal Lake Matter - Episode 2 14:46
The Crystal Lake Matter - Episode 3 14:46
The Crystal Lake Matter - Episode 4 14:46
The Crystal Lake Matter - Episode 5 14:46
The Kranesburg Matter - Episode 1 14:34
The Kranesburg Matter - Episode 1-A 14:40
The Kranesburg Matter - Episode 2 14:38
The Kranesburg Matter - Episode 3 14:37
The Kranesburg Matter - Episode 4 14:46
The Kranesburg Matter - Episode 5 14:46
The Curse of Kamashek Matter - Episode 1 14:36
The Curse of Kamashek Matter - Episode 2 14:34
The Curse of Kamashek Matter - Episode 3 14:37
The Curse of Kamashek Matter - Episode 4 14:27
The Curse of Kamashek Matter - Episode 5 14:45
The Confidential Matter - Episode 1 14:39
The Confidential Matter - Episode 2 14:45
The Confidential Matter - Episode 3 14:50
The Confidential Matter - Episode 4 14:49
The Confidential Matter - Episode 5 15:00
The Imperfect Alibi Matter - Episode 1 14:55
The Imperfect Alibi Matter - Episode 3 14:44
The Imperfect Alibi Matter - Episode 4 14:28
The Imperfect Alibi Matter - Episode 5 14:58
The Meg's Palace Matter - Episode 1 14:56
The Meg's Palace Matter - Episode 2 14:16
The Meg's Palace Matter - Episode 3 14:12
The Meg's Palace Matter - Episode 4 14:38
The Meg's Palace Matter - Episode 5 14:28
The Picture Postcard Matter - Episode 1 14:54
The Picture Postcard Matter - Episode 2 14:51
The Picture Postcard Matter - Episode 3 14:53
The Picture Postcard Matter - Episode 4 14:52
The Picture Postcard Matter - Episode 5 14:55
The Primrose Matter - Episode 1 14:26
The Primrose Matter - Episode 2 14:33
The Primrose Matter - Episode 3 14:36
The Primrose Matter - Episode 4 14:34
The Primrose Matter - Episode 5 14:38
The Phantom Chase Matter - Episode 1 14:36
The Phantom Chase Matter - Episode 2 14:35
The Phantom Chase Matter - Episode 3 14:49
The Phantom Chase Matter - Episode 4 14:50
The Phantom Chase Matter - Episode 5 14:26
The Phantom Chase Matter - Episode 6 14:51
The Phantom Chase Matter - Episode 8 14:30
The Phantom Chase Matter - Episode 9 14:41
The Phantom Chase Matter - Pt 10 14:42
The Silent Queen Matter - Episode 1 14:55
The Silent Queen Matter - Episode 2 14:56
The Silent Queen Matter - Episode 3 14:58
The Silent Queen Matter - Episode 4 14:56
The Silent Queen Matter - Episode 5 14:39
The Big Scoop Matter 24:03
The Markham Matter 29:36
The Royal Street Matter 30:25
The Burning Car Matter 30:26
The Rasmusson Matter 29:40
The Missing Mouse Matter 29:32
The Squared Circle Matter 24:44
The Ellen Dear Matter (AFRS) 29:42
The Desalles Matter (AFRS) 29:33
The Blooming Blossom Matter 29:31
The Mad Hatter Matter (AFRS) 29:01
The Kirby Will Matter (AFRS) 28:52
The Templeton Matter (AFRS) 28:46
The Meek Memorial Matter (AFRS) 29:33
The Suntan Oil Matter (AFRS) 30:46
The Clever Chemist Matter (AFRS) 31:11
The Ming Toy Murphy Matter 24:58
The Melancholy Memory Matter 28:02
The Peerless Fire Matter 28:59
The Michael Meany Mirage Matter (AFRS) 28:27
The Wayward Truck Matter 30:06
The Mason-Dixon Mismatch Matter (AFRS) 28:33
The Dixon Murder Matter 28:12
The Funny Money Matter (AFRS) 29:05
The Felicity Feline Matter 27:35
The Heatherstone Players Matter 28:27
The Yours Truly Matter 28:56
The Confederate Coinage Matter (AFRS) 30:19
The Wayward Widow Matter (AFRS) 29:14
The Killer's Brand Matter 27:13
The Smokey Sleeper Matter 29:08
The Poor Little Rich Girl Matter (AFRS) 30:27
The Charmona Matter 23:18
The JPD Matter 23:24
The Ideal Vacation Matter (AFRS) 20:38
The Doubtful Diary Matter (AFRS) 24:48
The Bum Steer Matter (AFRS) 25:07
The Silver Belle Matter (AFRS) 24:25
The Mary Grace Matter (AFRS) 21:13
The Three Sisters Matter (AFRS) 19:26
The Model Picture Matter 21:03
The Alkali Mike Matter 19:02
The Shy Beneficiary Matter (AFRS) 20:28
The Hope to Die Matter 20:18
The Sunny Dream Matter 18:14
The Hapless Hunter Matter (AFRS) 18:58
The Happy Family Matter 20:00
The Carmen Kringle Matter 19:50
The Latin Lovely Matter 24:16
The Ingenuous Jeweler Matter (AFRS) 39:03
The Boron 112 Matter 20:14
The Eleven O'Clock Matter (AFRS) 24:56
The Price of Fame Matter (AFRS) 25:22
The Sick Chick Matter 18:12
The Time and Tide Matter (AFRS) 23:43
The Durango Laramie Matter 38:18
The Diamond Dilemma Matter (AFRS) 23:46
The Wayward Moth Matter (AFRS) 25:09
The Salkoff Sequel Matter (AFRS) 24:44
The Denver Dispursal Matter (AFRS) 23:57
The Killer's List Matter (AFRS) 24:41
The Eastern-Western Matter (AFRS) 23:59
The Wayward Money Matter (AFRS) 24:49
The Wayward Trout Matter (AFRS) 23:57
The Village of Virtue Matter (AFRS) 24:01
The Carson Arson Matter (AFRS) 23:49
The Rolling Stone Matter (AFRS) 24:43
The Ghost to Ghost Matter (AFRS) 24:58
The Midnight Sun Matter (AFRS) 25:13
The Wayward River Matter (AFRS) 24:04
The Delectable Damsel Matter 20:32
The Virtuous Mobster Matter (AFRS) 23:57
The Ugly Pattern Matter (AFRS) 25:45
The Blinker Matter (AFRS) 25:48
The Mojave Red Matter (AFRS) 25:53
The Mojave Red Sequel (AFRS) 25:37
The Wayward Killer Matter (AFRS) 22:26
The Lucky Four Matter 22:43
The Two-Faced Matter 23:55
The Noxious Needle Matter 23:58
The Malibu Mystery Matter (AFRS) 25:04
The Wayward Diamonds Matter (AFRS) 24:11
The Johnson Payroll Matter (AFRS) 24:12
The Gruesome Spectacle Matter 20:40
The Double Trouble Matter (AFRS) 24:30
The Hair Raising Matter 20:11
The Hollywood Mystery Matter 19:29
The Deadly Doubt Matter 20:04
The Doting Dowager Matter 19:55
The Date with Death Matter 23:20
The Shankar Diamond Matter (AFRS) 23:18
The Blue Madonna Matter (AFRS) 23:28
The Net of Circumstance Matter (AFRS) 23:29
The Baldero Matter 24:12
The Lake Mead Mystery Matter 23:26
The Jimmy Carter Matter 23:45
The Frisco Fire Matter 23:24
The Fair Weather Friend Matter 23:39
The Cautious Celibate Matter 19:23
The Winsome Widow Matter 22:58
The Fatal Filet Matter 23:47
The Twin Trouble Matter 18:46
The Cask of Death Matter 19:46
The Big H Matter 20:17
The Wayward Heiress Matter 18:21
The Wayward Sculptor Matter 20:06
The Life at Stake Matter 19:20
The Mei-Ling Buddha Matter 18:28
The Only One Butt Matter 18:38
The Frantic Fisherman Matter 19:46
The Will and a Way Matter 19:58
The Bolt out of the Blue Matter 19:47
The Deadly Chain Matter 19:52
The Lost by a Hair Matter 18:54
The Night in Paris Matter 18:35
The Embarcadero Matter 19:20
The Really Gone Matter 20:07
The Backfire That Backfired Matter 19:08
The Leumas Matter 19:07
The Little Man Who Was There Matter (AFRS) 23:59
The Buffalo Matter Part 1 18:50
The Buffalo Matter Part 2 18:17
The Double Identity Matter 28:45
The Missing Missle Matter 21:40
The Hand of Providential Matter 24:12
The Larson Arson Matter 25:27
The Bayou Body Matter 25:35
The Fancy Bridgework Matter 25:23
The Wrong Man Matter 21:08
The Hired Homicide Matter 18:16
The Sudden Wealth Matter 24:36
The Red Mystery Matter 24:37
The Burning Desire Matter 24:13
The Hapless Ham Matter 24:19
The Unholy Two Matter 23:06
The Evaporated Clue Matter 24:33
The Nuclear Goof Matter 25:21
The Merry-Go-Round Matter 24:13
The Sidewinder Matter 23:53
The Po Matter 24:20
Alvin's Alfred Matter 24:50
The Look Before You Leap Matter 25:59
The Moonshine Matter 25:36
The Deep Down Matter 23:00
The Saturday Night Matter 24:50
The False Alarm Matter 18:38
The Double Exposure Matter 21:28
The Deadly Swamp Matter 25:11
The Silver Queen Matter 23:08
The Fatal Switch Matter 21:38
The Phony Phone Matter 24:03
The Mystery Gal Matter 21:45
The Man Who Waits Matter 20:14
The Red Rock Matter 23:09
The Canned Canary Matter 24:36
The Harried Heiress Matter 23:34
The Flask of Death Matter 17:52
The Wholly Unexpected Matter (AFRS) 23:20
The Collector's Matter (AFRS) 25:27
The Back to the Back Matter (AFRS) 25:31
The Rhymer Collection Matter (AFRS) 20:50
The Paradise Lost Matter 21:01
The Twisted Twin Matter 21:53
The Deadly Debt Matter (AFRS) 25:05
The Killer Kin Matter 21:09
The Too Much Money Matter 22:01
The Real Smokey Matter 23:26
The Five Down Matter 24:30
The Stroke of Death Matter 24:27
The Recompense Matter (AFRS) 23:50
The Twins of Tahoe Matter 24:29
The Unworthy Kin Matter 24:27
The What Goes Matter 24:02
The Super Salesman Matter 23:37
The Bad One Matter 24:25
The Double Deal Matter 23:09
The Empty Threat Matter 23:38
The Earned Income Matter (AFRS) 26:13
The Wayward Kilocycles Matter 25:55
The Paperback Mystery Matter 26:39
The Very Fishy Matter 27:50
The Short Term Matter 24:48
The Who's Who Matter 25:08
The Wayward Fireman Matter 27:28
The Touch-Up Matter 24:55
The Morning After Matter 27:14
The Ring of Death Matter 26:28
The Informer Matter 25:39
The Two's a Crowd Matter 26:45
The Wrong Sign Matter 26:43
The Captain's Table Matter 26:54
The Latro Dectus Matter 25:47
The Rat Pack Matter 25:52
The Simple Simon Matter 26:33
The Lone Wolf Matter 26:18
The Yak Mystery Matter 26:30
The Stock-In-Trade Matter 26:21
The Big Date Matter 22:07
The Low Tide Matter 25:32
The Imperfect Crime Matter 24:09
The Well of Trouble Matter 23:52
The Fiddle Faddle Matter 23:45
The Old Fashioned Murder Matter 22:56
The Chuck-A-Nut Matter 22:31
The Philadelphia Miss Matter (AFRS) 25:09
The Perilous Padre Marrer 23:53
The Wrong Doctor Matter 24:16
Too Many Crooks Matter 29:31
The Shifty Looker Matter 24:00
The All Wet Matter 25:19
The Buyer and the Cellar Matter 24:45
The Double-Barreled Matter 25:20
The Medium Rare Matter 23:41
The Three for One Matter 25:19
The Bee or Not to Bee Matter 25:37
The Monticello Mystery Matter 24:18
The Wrong One Matter 26:24
The Guide to Murder Matter 25:27
The Mad Bomber Matter 24:32
The Cinder Elmer Matter 24:27
The Phony Phone Matter (AFRS) 25:43
The One Too Many Matter 24:38
The Hot Chocolate Matter 24:55
The Terrible Torch Matter 24:49
The Can't Be So Matter 26:30
The Nugget of Truth Matter 24:42
The Do It Yourself Matter 25:09
The It Takes a Crook Matter 25:12
The Mixed Blessing Matter 23:29
The Top Secret Matter 19:39
The Golden Dream Matter 25:04
The Ike and Mike Matter 24:56
The Shadow of a Doubt Matter 25:37
The Blue Rock Matter 23:21
The Ivy Emerald Matter 24:58
The Wrong Idea Matter 25:51
The Skidmore Matter 24:42
The Grand Canyon Matter 22:35
The Burma Red Matter 23:03
The Lust for Gold Matter 22:30
The Two Steps to Murder Matter 24:29
The Zipp Matter 24:00
The Wayward Gun Matter 25:59
The All Too Easy Matter 23:31
The Food of Death Matter 25:56
The Vociferous Dolphin Matter 24:07
The Rilldoe Matter 24:29
The Weather or Not Matter 23:58
The Skimpy Matter 24:09
The Four Is a Crowd Matter 24:38
The Case of Trouble Matter 25:08
The Oldest Gag Matter 24:06
The Lorelei Matter (AFRS) 23:45
The Gold Rush Matter 24:28
The Doninger Doninger Matter 23:56
The Four Cs Matter 25:11
The No Matter Matter 24:52
The Deadly Crystal Matter 24:34
The Tip-Off Matter 24:08

Reviews

Had to Dig for My Favorites

(5 stars)

Looks like you do have them all here. I'd like to share with others two of my favorites: #530 Ghost to Ghost, which has an all-star cast, including Bob Bruce, who was the narrator for some Disney cartoons. Some unusual MUTEL music bridge cues, too. And also #472 Blooming Blossom with Howard McNear as an eccentric collector. He was "Doc" on radio's Gunsmoke, which was the BEST Gunsmoke. I'd like to hear from other old time radio lovers.

Dick Powell

(5 stars)

I love Bob Bailey as Johnny Dollar as much as the next person, but Dick Powell did an audition at the beginning of the series, and I thought he was a very good Dollar. The first three Dollars lacked wit and humor and Mandel Kramer was pretty much Bob Bailey lite. For my taste, only Bob Bailey and Dick Powell could fill the shoes of Johnny Dollar. Yours Truly,

Who Knew?

(5 stars)

The premise for this program might seem a bit preposterous to some-a world traveling freelance insurance investigator named Dollar who not only solves the tough cases but pads his expense account along the way. But believe it or not, this is a great show! Superb production standard, great writing, and an excellent cast...especially the 5 + part shows. One of the best!

oh yeah!

(5 stars)

I fell inlove with these shows a few years ago and love them!! great drama, and good radio, I only wish I would of been around to hear these on the radio. it must of been great fun!!! love them I have over 780 shows in my computer. and Ilove them all been collecting these for years... the dr.

The Johnny Dollar Matter

(5 stars)

Anyone who loves Radio Detectives will love YTJD. The Bob Bailey era is the best especially when it went weekly with 15 minute episodes. Do yourself a favor next road trip play some of these shows you will be so engaged. It is pretty much top 5 of OTR (Gunsmoke, Dragnet, YTJD, Jack Benny and Gildersleeve)

Life of Bob Bailey

(0 stars)

I have read what's out there on the internet/wikipedia about Bob Bailey. Anybody know anything about him..if his daugher wrote a book?, or interviews with him...I mean, during his run, he must of given interviews, he was a top tier radio star. I would love to see the Johnny Dollar pilot that didnt sell.

How to download?

(0 stars)

Simply right click on the "size" button and "save as" to your computer. That said, this is one of the better OTR series produced. I'm personally not a fan of the serial version because you have to open multiple files to listen to a single show, but they're well written.

Bob Bailey IS Johnny Dollar

(5 stars)

I love Johnny Dollar. When I first heard the premise, a detective show based around an insurance man's expense account, I thought it would be melodramatice and corny. It is not! And, for the record, Bob Bailey was the absolute best Johnny Dollar. Very believable and real.